Justice Updates – July 9, 2019

The Green New Deal’s Vision for the world provides a path to protect the world and all its inhabitants. Faith-based environmentalists see hope in its goals in this article from National Catholic Register.

The U.S. Bishop’s President and Migration Committee Chair say the death of the young father and his daughter at the border and the appalling conditions for children are cries that reach heaven itself.  Please see their statement here.

Sr. Donna Markham, OP, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA also released a statement and Catholic Charities USA has created a donation website where 100% of monies raised will support Catholic Charities agencies along the border to meet basic needs and ensure that children are being treated with care and kindness.

Catholic Relief Services published this Prayer to End Human Trafficking. You can download it as a PDF.

Righteous God,

Oh God, we didn’t see them.

But you did—

The hundreds and thousands of human beings

Trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped

in modern-day slavery.

Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields,

harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water.


Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs

and small shoulders for bearing rifles.

Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden

from those who don’t really want to see them.


But you see them all, God of the poor.

You hear their cry and you answer

by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts

and loosening our tongues to insist:


No more.  No more.



Global Sisters Report has prepared a booklet about the immigration crisis around the world as seen through the eyes of sisters ministering with immigrants.  You can download the booklet here. Sisters Janice Thome (Garden City, KS) and Rene Weeks (Salem, OH) are featured.

Countering Online Hate Speech. This 6 minute video from Teaching Tolerance, offers specific suggestions and strategies to interrupt and redirect online harassment. You might share this with your nieces and nephews also.  Watch now.

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